In the end, Diamond doesn’t care the slightest bit for moderation, nor compromise. He desires the victory of a radical form of Marxism that he’s seen crushed before, and doesn’t want it destroyed again by those who would defend the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic.
The good professor makes clear that in his worldview, that the greatest threat to the United States today isn’t unfettered criminal immigration, unsustainable government spending, a lawless executive branch, economy-killing taxation, or a collapse of morality.
It is, of course, law-abiding gun owners.
You may object that the American armed forces, unlike those in Chile or Indonesia or Spain, have no precedent at all for interfering in American politics. That’s true. But consider what happened in 1933 in Austria, where private citizens had increasingly been arming themselves and forming private militias. When Austria’s Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss abolished the country’s legislature and established an authoritarian right-wing government, he didn’t use an Austrian army to crush his left-wing political opponents. He did it with a militia of his own armed supporters.
Could that be possible here? Already, plenty of Americans are asserting the right to carry guns in previously unlikely places (such as in schools and government offices). Already, they are forming private militias for purposes such as patrolling the Mexican border and protecting a claimed right to graze cattle on federal lands. Again, when private citizen militias already carry guns for those purposes, it’s “just” a matter of expanding the scope of an established principle to use guns for other purposes.